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House fire devastates Glenarden family


Father, three daughters dead following accidental blaze

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Photo by Jim Davis. Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department roped off the Glenarden home where a fire erupted last Thursday morning. Darrell Price Jr., 36, and his daughters Tania Monae Jeanita, 8; Patrice, 4, and Daijah, 11, died from injuries sustained  from the fire. A 33-year-old woman and an 8-year-old girl survived with injuries.

Photo by Jim Davis. Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department roped off the Glenarden home where a fire erupted last Thursday morning. Darrell Price Jr., 36, and his daughters Tania Monae Jeanita, 8; Patrice, 4, and Daijah, 11, died from injuries sustained from the fire. A 33-year-old woman and an 8-year-old girl survived with injuries.

Published on: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

By Jim Davis

A father and three of his four daughters died after a fire erupted in their one-story Glenarden house just after 4 a.m. last Thursday.

Firefighters were called to the 8600 block of Leslie Avenue for a reported house fire with people trapped, said Mark Brady, chief spokesman for Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered smoke and fire emanating from the home and were told three people were still inside the burning house.

Kentland volunteer firefighters quickly entered the house to search for the three people. During their search they located a man and two children — none were breathing, none had a pulse. Firefighters started CPR on the three victims and all were quickly transported by paramedics to area hospitals.

Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor said Darrell Terrance Price Jr., 36, and his two daughters, 8-year-old Tania Monae Jeanita and 4-year-old Patrice, were pronounced deceased a short time after arriving at the hospital despite paramedics’ best efforts.

Paramedics restored 11-year-old Daijah’s pulse, and she was transported to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Bashoor said. However, Daijah succumbed to her injuries late Friday night.

Two others, a 33-year-old woman and the 8-year-old twin sister of Tania, escaped the fire before Kentland Volunteer Fire Department’s arrival. They sustained minor injuries and smoke inhalation and were also transported to area hospitals, Brady said.

Deputy Fire Chief Benjamin Barksdale said the Prices’ house did not have a working smoke alarm.

Fire investigators determined the preliminary cause of the fire to be electrical in nature. The fire was ruled accidental.

The fire was knocked down in 30 minutes, and one firefighter suffered a minor injury, Brady said.

Firefighters went door to door last Thursday afternoon in the community to check if residents had a working smoke alarm or they needed a smoke alarm. Residents in Prince George’s County can receive a free smoke alarm by calling (301) 583-2200. 

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